The Grammys will consider that viral song with Drake and The Weeknd AI vocals for awards after all

The person behind an AI-generated song that went viral earlier this year has submitted the track for Grammy Awards consideration. The Recording Academy has stated that such works aren’t eligible for certain gongs. However, Ghostwriter, the pseudonymous person behind “Heart on My Sleeve,” has submitted the track in the best rap song and song of the year categories, according to Variety. Both of those are songwriting honors. The Academy has suggested it’s open to rewarding tracks that are mostly written by a human, even if the actual recording is largely AI-generated.

Ghostwriter composed the song’s lyrics rather than leaving them up to, say, ChatGPT. But rather than sing or rap those words, they employed a generative AI model to mimic the vocals of Drake and The Weeknd, which helped the song to pick up buzz. The artists’ label Universal Music Group wasn’t happy about that and it filed copyright claims to remove “Heart on My Sleeve” from streaming services. Before that, though, the track racked up hundreds of thousands of listens on Spotify and more than 15 million on TikTok.


It seems there’s one major roadblock as things stand, though. For a song to be eligible for a Grammy, it needs to have “general distribution” across the US through the likes of brick-and-mortar stores, online retailers and streaming services. Ghostwriter is reportedly aware of this restriction, but it’s unclear how they plan to address that.

In any case, this may well be a canary in the coal mine for rewarding the use of generative AI in art.


Source: The Grammys will consider that viral song with Drake and The Weeknd AI vocals for awards after all

This is like saying that any song with a guitar or any song with a synthesizer won’t be considered for a Grammy

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